Gaggle for Google: Student Safety in a 1:1 Chromebook District

Following a switch to a 1:1 technology initiative, Huntley Community School District 158 in Algonquin, IL needed a solution to monitor students’ activity. The district implemented Gaggle to gain full visibility over students’ email and Google Drive activity, allowing them to react quickly and seamlessly to any situations that put students at risk.

The district, which encompasses nearly 10,000 students, has been using Gaggle since the 2016–17 school year. “Gaggle really helps with the 1:1 device usage management,” says Chief Technology Officer Dr. Chris Budzynski, “and especially in light of the fact that we’re sending devices home with such young students.”

Knowing students could communicate 24/7 on school-issued devices, the district wanted to ensure it wasn’t putting them in harm’s way. “These devices are capable of doing so much more than what we’re even using them for,” says Budzynski. “We just were uncomfortable with what could be potentially happening.”

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